No, you pervert. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about being without a motorcycle.
Back in February of ’09, I gave my ’03 Harley Heritage to my brother so he could sell it and pay his rent. We were both in bad financial straights at that time (I still am, unfortunately). So, that means it’s been two and half years since this biker has had a bike. I’m itchin’ real bad for a ride. I mean to tell you; I’m hurtin’.
There’s my pretty girl. I sure do miss her. 😦 Ah well, I’m trying to gather my feces into one cohesive ball so that I can get on with my life and maybe have another motorcycle soon. It doesn’t have to be a Harley. I rode some nice Yamahas and Hondas before I ever sat on a Harley. Here’s a shot of my old ’85 Yamaha Virago:
I had a lot of fun on that bike, too. She ran like a spinning top. I only had an occasional issue with the #1 plug going bad on me every so often. It was a design error, evidently. The vibration from the front motor mount would cause the plug’s ceramic insulator to crack. I used to carry a spare plug around in the little tool bin behind the sissy bar. I rode the hell out of that bike. I gave it to a buddy of mine in return for some assistance replacing the head on my ’82 Chevy truck. We used his garage and tools to do the job. Later on, another friend of mine ended up with the Virago, but it sadly ended up in a motorcycle repair shop’s scrap yard shortly thereafter; a ignominious end for a decent machine.
Here I am on my brother’s ’02 Harley Dyna Wide Glide back in the winter of ’02. A friend had driven me down to Anna Maria, Island (about 50 or so miles from my home in Tampa) so I could borrow the bike for the week. Sadly, my brother lost this bike, too, during his financial hardships. It’s been tough all ’round for lots of folks this past few years. Unfortunately, I ain’t got a whole lot of confidence that it’s going to be improving much in the near future. I’m just hoping for a job (or a winning FL Lotto ticket 😉 ).
I’ve recently applied for a position at a local Harley Davidson dealership. I’m going in there tomorrow to follow up on the application. I would like to see if I could get into the motorcycle field here in the Tampa area in some way. Hell, I’ll sweep floors in the shop, if that’s all they have open right now. 34 months out of work tends to make one a lot less picky about what they do for a living. Besides, I’ve been a biker most of my adult life. Since my own career field (electronics service) no longer exists in this country, I may as well get into something I love… motorcycles, bikers, and biker chicks! 😉